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TV comedian behind 'Dumb Starbucks' in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It was a caffeine-charged Hollywood whodunit: Just whose bright idea was the "Dumb Starbucks" coffee shop that popped up and started serving free drinks from the corner of an otherwise uncelebrated strip mall?

February 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Another delay in health law's employer requirement

WASHINGTON (AP) - Angling to avoid political peril, the Obama administration Monday granted employers another delay in a heavily criticized requirement that medium-to-larger firms cover their workers or face fines.

February 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


California expands health exchange call centers

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - The executive director of California's health insurance exchange said Monday that he is hiring 400 call-center workers, many in Fresno, with the goal of alleviating telephone backlogs that have frustrated those applying for health care.

February 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Oregon vet school cares for 175 seized alpacas

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - Oregon State University's veterinary school is taking over the care of about 175 alpacas after authorities say the animals were found starving at a breeding operation in the Willamette Valley.

February 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


More subpoenas being issued in NJ bridge probe

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - At least a dozen new subpoenas were authorized Monday by a New Jersey legislative committee investigating a plot by aides to Gov. Chris Christie to create traffic gridlock on the George Washington Bridge, apparently for political retribution.

February 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


'Dumb Starbucks' brings lines, social media buzz

LOS ANGELES (AP) - It's a caffeine-charged Hollywood whodunit: Just whose bright idea was the "Dumb Starbucks" coffee shop that popped up and started serving free drinks from the corner of an otherwise uncelebrated strip mall.

February 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Sochi drone shooting Olympic TV, not terrorists

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - That drone you might have spotted hovering and zipping around the Sochi Olympic slopes isn't searching for terrorists or protesters hiding behind the fir trees.

February 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Bruce Springsteen announces 15 US tour dates

NEW YORK (AP) - Bruce Springsteen is coming back to America.

February 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


US suspect possibly targeted for drone attack

WASHINGTON (AP) - An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials say, and the Obama administration is wrestling with whether to kill him with a drone strike and how to do so legally under its new stricter targeting policy issued last year.

February 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Study: Media everywhere, bathroom included

LOS ANGELES (AP) - TV viewers increasingly are watching programs on their own schedule, according to a Nielsen company media study released Monday.

February 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


North Korea rescinds invitation to US envoy

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea has cancelled for a second time its invitation for a senior U.S. envoy to visit the country to discuss a long-detained American's possible release, the State Department said Monday.

February 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Caffeine common in kids, young adults; mainly soda

CHICAGO (AP) - Nearly 3 out of 4 U.S. children and young adults consume at least some caffeine, mostly from soda, tea and coffee. The rate didn't budge much over a decade, although soda use declined and energy drinks became an increasingly common source, a government analysis finds.

February 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Student who set himself on fire dies, police say

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (AP) - Police say the 16-year-old student who set himself on fire at a suburban Denver high school nearly two weeks ago has died.

February 10, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Olympic halfpipe could pave future of snowboarding

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) - Behind all those dangerous double corks and flashy frontside 1080s, a battle for the soul of snowboarding is playing out at the Olympics.

February 09, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


Russia clinches Olympic team event in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Russia won its first gold medal of the Sochi Olympics on Sunday night by taking the new event of team figure skating in a rout.

February 09, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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Firearms checks sought after Santa Barbara rampage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Law enforcement officers would be required to check state firearms records as part of routine welfare checks under legislation proposed Wednesday in the wake of the deadly rampage last month near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Trial will weigh if Sterling was properly ousted

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A trial will be held next month to determine whether Donald Sterling, who opposes his estranged wife's planned sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, was properly removed as an administrator for the family trust that owns the team.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Mental health becomes key in corrections budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Democrats in the Legislature want the state corrections budget to spend tens of millions of dollars more on mental health services as a way to improve treatment and increase rehabilitation options.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Cantor resigning from House leadership on July 31

WASHINGTON (AP) - Repudiated at the polls, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor intends to resign his leadership post at the end of next month, officials said Wednesday, clearing the way for a potentially disruptive Republican shake-up just before midterm elections with control of Congress at stake.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Alibaba's first US presence 11 Main debuts

NEW YORK (AP) - China's largest e-commerce company is making its first appearance in the U.S. with the debut of 11Main.com, an invite-only online marketplace that showcases small business retailers.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Senate Republicans block student loan bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked legislation aimed at letting people refinance their student loans at lower rates, a pre-ordained outcome that gave Democrats a fresh election-year talking point against the GOP.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Hagel says time was running out to save Bergdahl

WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told lawmakers Wednesday that last month's prisoner swap with the Taliban may have been the "last, best" chance to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan. He said mediators indicated time was slipping away to get Bergdahl out safely.

June 11, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Yosemite National Park rescue caught on video

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK (AP) - Park officials say a backpacker who narrowly avoided plunging to his death from a waterfall at Yosemite National Park was hoisted to safety by a helicopter rescue crew in an operation that was captured on video.

June 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


Police: Teen gunman kills student at Oregon school

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) - A teen gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a 14-year-old student Tuesday and injured a teacher before he likely killed himself at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon, authorities said.

June 11, 2014 | Associated Press | Signal AP


CIA disciplines 15 officers in harassment cases

WASHINGTON (AP) - When Ilana Sara Greenstein was a CIA case officer working at headquarters a decade ago, she said, a married senior manager who was responsible for her promotions made sexual advances toward her.

June 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Subway strike suspended in Sao Paulo, may hit Rio

SAO PAULO (AP) - With a subway strike put on hold, traffic in Brazil's biggest city returned to its normal, congested nature Tuesday, but there was no guarantee service would be on for Thursday's opening of the World Cup.

June 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Police: Teen gunman in Oregon likely killed self

TROUTDALE, Ore. (AP) - A teen gunman armed with a rifle shot and killed a student Tuesday and injured a teacher before he likely killed himself at a high school in a quiet Columbia River town in Oregon, authorities said.

June 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


California teacher tenure law unconstitutional

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Tenure and other job protections for California's public school teachers were ruled unconstitutional Tuesday by a judge presiding in a lawsuit brought by nine students.

June 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Knicks hire Derek Fisher as head coach

Derek Fisher was never the best player, certainly not the tallest or quickest.

June 10, 2014 | By The Associated Press | Signal AP


Authorities: Trucker in Morgan crash hadn't slept

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A truck driver's lack of sleep is being blamed for the highway crash that injured Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian in New Jersey.

June 10, 2014 | By Associated Press | Signal AP


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